Valentina Sampaio is continuing to make history: she is officially the first transgender model to be featured in the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

According to a press release, the 23-year-old model is one of 8 Rookies in this year’s edition, which will hit stands on July 21. For the issue, Valentina was photographed by Josie Clough in a shoot on Scrub Island.

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In a statement provided to SI Swim (and also shared to her Instagram account), Valentina expressed that she was “excited and honored” to be part of the upcoming issue. “Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds,” the Brazilian model continued. “We face snickers, insults, fearful reactions and physical violations just for existing. Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at…

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